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10 Chicago theater shows to see in February

From musicals to new works, there’s plenty of variety among February’s most promising theater

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By Alex Huntsberger |
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February is a short month but a busy one, and there’s no reason to hole up with Netflix. Dear Evan Hansen—the biggest show to hit town since Hamilton—is in Chicago for just four weeks. If you haven’t already snagged a ticket, well, good luck. There’s plenty more excitement to go around with the world premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s new play, Twilight Bowl, and local premieres from Dominique Morisseau (Pipeline) and Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2). If you’re willing to leave the city limits, local sensation Sydney Charles is playing iconic singer and activist Nina Simone at Northlight Theatre in Skokie. And if you missed Bilal Dardil’s The Man Who Was Thursday when it premiered 10 years ago, now’s your chance to catch it again. With the Polar Vortex behind us, you have no excuse to miss these shows.

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